Iron on heat transfer labels (sometimes referred to as hot seal labels) are still gaining in popularity because they offer an easy way for designers and manufacturers to brand their merchandise. Applying iron on transfers can be a faster process than the traditional woven or printed clothing labels. Many sewing mills will offer a service of applying the brand label and since some commercial heat presses offer the capability of pressing multiple shirts at one time, the cost per garment will be lower than that of sewing in a label. Also consider that almost everyone knows how to use an iron but far less know how to use a needle and thread or a sewing machine. The cost of each type of clothing label will also affect the popularity. Costs of iron on labels will vary depending on the type of transfer that is needed, the fiber content of the garment and the logo itself. You can use this chart to help you decide the type that will work best for your project.
There are a couple of problems that can occur when using a heat transfer label for your clothing or accessories. One problem is that some shirts arrive with a care/content/brand label already sewn in the garment. If that is the case and you had planned on using an iron on label to put your logo on the shirts, then you first will need to remove the sewn in label before using the transfer. That process can add time to your project and, in some cases, removing the sewn in label can damage the garment. The second problem is that many blank t-shirts and garments will arrive with an iron on heat transfer label already in the neckline of your shirts. There is no easy way to remove a heat transfer. It is time consuming and will almost certainly damage the garment. The best option is to iron on a new transfer that will cover up what has already been added. We offer a type of iron on label that has a film backing so that it covers any information behind it. These are call film heat transfer tags. Check out the video that demonstrates how to iron on a film transfer on top of the existing iron on label.